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Kansas Wheat Harvest Declared Complete

USDA’s weekly report has Kansas wheat harvest at 99 percent, but the Kansas Wheat website’s Harvest Report, sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Grain and Feed Association, pulled the plugs on its publishing last week.

Its bottom line: This year’s bounty has surpassed nearly everyone’s expectations, with USDA July estimate of a 454 billion bushel crop - the sixth largest harvest on record for Kansas, according to the report. “This has just been an extraordinary harvest,” said Kurt Anderson, manager of the Decatur [Kansas] Coop Association. “I think it’s going to turn out to be a once in a lifetime harvest for most of these guys.”

Test weights started out heavy, averaging around 62 pounds per bushel, but they followed the after-rain trend of falling to 57 pounds per bushel. Proteins have been averaging around 11.3-11.4 percent.

For more from the Harvest Report:

In the 18 states that harvested 90% of last year’s winter wheat acreage, harvest is 83 percent complete as of July 25. That’s 4 points ahead of average and no state is running late.

Spring Wheat

Spring wheat is the six states USDA tracks is rated 68 percent good/excellent, down 1 point from the prior week. Eight percent is rated poor/very poor. At this time last year, 71 percent was in the upper two categories and 7 percent in the lowest two. South Dakota is the state in the poorest conditions: Its crop is 15 percent poor and only 41 percent good/excellent.

For the status of the corn and soybean crops, visit


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